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Sparkling Ragamalika

Though a section of connoisseurs are worried that classical music - especially vocal - is declining, few young artistes are emerging as talented professional musicians and promising that future of classical music is safe.

 One such artiste is Ramakrishnan Murthy, who sang for the Sree Rama Seva Mandali, fulfilled the expectations of the moderate crowd. The familiar varna “Chalame” gave a bright start laying a strong foundation for a fine concert.

“Budhamasrayami Satatam” suited the day (Wednesday) and  “Vadera Daivamu” with brief raga was also impressive. Alapana of Madhyamavati and nerval (Bhamamani Janaki Saumithri) for “Rama Katha Sudha” - revelled with refreshing “Sangathies.” Of course, the main attraction of the evening was Pallavi. Though actual Pallavi (Khanda Triputa) was not developed with its fair share, the swara prasthara in ragamalika with glittering phrases enlivening the ragas was received by the audience with great joy.

The experienced accompanists - B U Ganesh Prasad on violin, Bangalore Praveen on mridanga, Ullur Giridhar Udupa on ghata - rose to great heights in their supporting roles.

Pleasing group dance

On the inaugural day of the dance festival, Radha Sridhar, senior danseuse and teacher was felicitated by the MES Kalavedi, last week. Kathak, Mohiniattam and Kathakali apart from Bharathanatya recitals were held during the three-day dance festival.
Six students of Sri Venkatesha Natya Mandira gave the inaugural dance programme of the festival. They opened the programme with a Ganapathi Stuthi (Tyagaraja-Sour­ashtra). Ten incarnations of Vishnu were well-exhibited in ‘Pal Kadal.’ After a popular devaranama (Yamanelli Kaananendu), lyrics from Harihara (Aadidan) was a welcome change from the routine selections. They also performed a bhajan of Meera Bai, a devaranama (Jagadoddarana) and a thillana (Hindola). Aishwarya Nithyananda, Aparna Sastry, Nitish Radhakrishna, Bianca Radhakrishna, Divya C N and Sindhu - the young talented dancers performed with ease, assurance and abandon, under the direction of Radha Sridhar.

A touch of class

Dr  K Vageesh gave a fine vocal concert for the Sri Vani Kala Kendra in the “Sri Ramanavami 26th Sangeetotsava,” series. Vageesh is a gold medalist in the post graduation (music) and has also received doctorate from the University of Delhi. A senior officer of the All India Radio, he has performed in leading sabhas of the country and abroad too. He is recipient of titles  ‘Ganakalabhushana’ and ‘Karnataka Kalashri’ and has delivered lecture demonstrations in prestigious organisations.

C N Chandrashekar, B K Chandramouli and C P Vyasa Vittala accompanied Vageesh in the current concert, on violin, mridanga and khanjari respectively. Dr Vageesh is known for his vast repertoire and in this programme also he proved it by presenting compositions of different composers like Tyagaraja, Dikshitar, Bhadrachala Ramdas and Purandara Dasa. With his good selection and matured presentation, Vageesh easily generated a musical mood and atmosphere in the Vani Vidya Kendra, Basaveshwara Nagara. Main item of the evening was raga, thana and pallavi, which was proof of his expertise and seniority.

Todi, the classic raga reverberated with powerful and fertile imagination. Thana was brisk and the pallavi glowed in Khanda Triputa impactfully. Earlier “Yetaki Dayaradura” in Hamsanandi - was rendered with good feeling. “Ramachandrena Samrakshitoham” of Dikshitar, is one of the fine composition in the raga Manji. He also chose the evocative raga Devamritavarshini for the keertane “Evarani Nirnayinchira”. To mark the 1000th year of Sri Ramanujacharya, he saluted the saint  through his own composition “Ramanujam Bhajare” and concluded with another devaranama “Januma Vyarthavallave.”
Dr Vageesh’s vocal was classical throughout and there was a touch of class in everything he rendered and he sang with good feeling.

Mysore V Subramanya

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